The following Near Coastal certificates of competency are no longer restricted to sheltered waters, regardless of where the sea service was undertaken:
- Coxswain Grade 1
- Master <24m
- Master <45m
- Master <100m
- Engineer Class 3
- Marine Engine Driver Grades 1
- Marine Engine Driver Grades 2
- Marine Engine Driver Grades 3
If you hold one of these certificates of competency, the printed restriction will have no legal basis from 1 January 2023 and will be removed when you apply to renew your certificate of competency.
Duties and functions of Master <24m
From 1 January 2023, holders of a Master <24m certificate of competency may act as a chief mate on a vessel <45m to the EEZ and act as a deck watchkeeper on a vessel <100m and <3000GT within the EEZ. You can also act as a chief mate on a vessel <100m <3000GT within inshore waters and undertake the duties and functions of a General Purpose Hand and Master Inland waters.
Changes to MED certificates of competency
- For new applications there are no longer sea service reductions when applying for MED 2 with a Coxswain or MED 3 certificate of competency.
- You must hold an MED 2 certificate of competency or have completed a workshop skills equivalent to be eligible for a MED 1 certificate of competency.
- MED 3 with a restriction to outboard motors will no longer be issued